The Human Services Adult Behavioral Health area is seeking to hire Senior Social Workers (SSW) to assist in early identification and intervention for individuals with mental health, medical, and substance use needs who have contact with emergency response systems such as law enforcement, fire, or EMS. Individuals in these positions provide community outreach, resources and short term, solution focused case management to those referred. Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visitemployee referral program. Effective January 1, 2023, there will be a general salary adjustment of 2.5% to the minimum and maximum of the range.Location and hours: These positions will be on-site and will each be assigned to a precinct within the Minneapolis Police Department and will require travel throughout Hennepin County, as job duties require. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 with some limited evening hours.About the position types: These are full-time, benefit-earning positions. These positions are internally classified a Social Worker, Senior. Click here to view the job classification specification.In these positions you will:
· Build collaborative relationships with law enforcement professionals and department leadership through case consultation, active engagement in meetings, presenting at rollcalls, and ride alongs.
· Assist law enforcement officers in real time to provide engagement, support, and resources to residents.
· Provide outreach to individuals referred either by phone, in-person or by letter.
· Develop interventions in collaboration with the resident to create a personalized plan that is culturally informed, including coordination with existing supports, providing resources and referrals for ongoing needs.
· Assist with applications for benefits and applications for services.
· Coordinate with resident’s existing providers in the community.
· Document referrals received and case notes utilizing state and county systems.
· Participate in community engagement events.
Need to have:
· One of the following:
o Master's degree or higher in social work or closely related field with course work emphasis in areas such as social work methods, human growth and behavior, and principles of social welfare.
o Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology, sociology, or human services, and at least 18 semester (27 quarter) credits of graduate work in the above areas, and three years or more of full-time supervised experience as a social worker.
o Licensed as a Graduate Social Worker by the Minnesota Board of Social Work.
· A valid driver's license and daily access to reliable transportation to travel primarily within the metro area to meet with persons in their residential settings and/or perform authorized off-site work duties and the ability to obtain a Hennepin County Driver's Permit to provide transportation as needed to essential services.
Nice to have:
· Licensed or working towards licensure in any of the following:
o Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LSGW), Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
o Providing case management.
o Serving individuals living with a mental health condition, substance use disorder, and homeless/housing instability.
o Collaborating with law enforcement to address the safety and needs of individuals.
o Serving individuals living with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder.
o Serving individuals who are involved in the criminal justice system.
o Effectively interacting with people from diverse backgrounds including efforts towards disparity reduction.
· Knowledge of:
o Diversity of cultural and lifestyle experiences, beliefs and practices relating to spiritual, mental, and physical health, community, family structure and dynamics and disparities.
o County and community resources for mental health, substance use disorder, social services, and basic needs.
o Harm reduction principles.
o Trauma-informed care principles.
o Person-centered thinking.
o Social determinants of health.
o Social work best practices and ethics.
o Community resources and providers.
· Ability to:
o Function well in unpredictable and challenging situations calling for sensitivity, flexibility, resourcefulness, and independent judgment.
o Work well independently and as a team.
o Demonstrate strong interpersonal, organizational and computer skills.
About the department: Human Services delivers a variety of services to individuals or families that assist with basic needs or encourage client change around specific objectives. We work with individuals as well as systems and communities in order to develop policy and advocate for the people we serve. The people we serve and our communities are connected. By helping one, we help the other. About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge. Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here.
This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.
This position may have access to systems or other documentation that contains HIPAA data. Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.